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16 BARS (2018)

DOCUMENTARY  |  1 HR 34 MIN

 

Available for streaming Nov 19-22.

 

Each stream is $5.99 and will be available for purchase from 3pm MT, on November 19 through 3pm MT on November 22. Once unlocked after purchasing, viewers will have 72 hours to watch.

 

One dollar ($1) from each stream will be donated directly to the 16 BARS recidivism campaign – The Fund for Sustainable Tomorrows.

 

16 BARS is a feature length music documentary that offers a rare glimpse at the human stories — and songs — that are locked away in our nation’s jails and prisons. The film follows a unique rehabilitation effort in the Richmond City Justice Center that invites inmates to write and record original music. In the jail’s makeshift recording studio, 4 men collaborate on an album with a Grammy®-winning recording artist, Todd “Speech” Thomas, from the iconic activist hip-hop group Arrested Development. As the creative process unfurls, each of these men must unearth painful memories from the past, which hold a key to a new chapter in their lives.

 

The film is set in Richmond, Virginia, the former seat of the confederacy, where the legacy of systemic racism, a spiraling opioid crisis, generational poverty, and a lack of mental health services have entrapped many of its citizens in a cycle of incarceration, making the city itself a unique case study for rising recidivism rates in the U.S. at large. With the U.S. locking up more of its citizens per capita than any other nation on the planet, the music of the film serves as rare testimony to the raw and messy truth behind the criminal justice system’s revolving door.

 

Following the film there will be a pre-recorded Q&A from May 2020, created by the California Film Institute and Rafael Theater, featuring filmmaker Sam Bathrick, film subject Speech Thomas and moderated by Steve Michelson, ED of The Fund for Sustainable Tomorrows. 

COLLECTIVE (2020)

DOCUMENTARY  |  1 HR 49 MIN

 

Available for streaming Nov 23

Available to rent for $12. Once rented, viewers will have access for 30 days and 72 hours once they start watching.

 

After an explosive fire claims the lives of 27 people at Bucharest nightclub, Colectiv, officials reassure the public that surviving victims will receive care in facilities that are “better than in Germany.” Weeks later, a rising causality count leads intrepid reporters at the Sports Gazette to investigate. Just as a crucial tip exposes Hexi Pharma, a local firm’s culpability, the firm’s owner dies under mysterious circumstances and the health minister quietly resigns amid the uproar -but this is only the first chapter in a thrilling, ever-twisting exposé.

 

Closely tracking the efforts of the Gazette team as they methodically discover layer upon layer of fraud and criminal malfeasance, Alexander Nanau’s COLLECTIVE is a fast-paced, real-time detective story about truth, accountability, and the value of an independent press in partisan times.

ZAPPA (2020)

DOCUMENTARY  |  1 HR 29 MIN

 

Available for streaming Nov 27

Available to rent for $12. Once rented, viewers will have access for 30 days and 72 hours once they start watching.

 

With unfettered access to the Zappa family trust and all archival footage, ZAPPA explores the private life behind the mammoth musical career that never shied away from the political turbulence of its time. Alex Winter’s assembly features appearances by Frank’s widow Gail Zappa and several of Frank’s musical collaborators including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White and others.

DECEMBER INDIE SHOWCASE

 

ASPEN FILM & METROPOLITAN’S ISIS THEATRE PRESENT: 

 

THE CLIMB (2020)

DOCUMENTARY  |  1 HR 34 MIN

 

Wed, Dec 2nd | 7:30 PM
Isis Theatre | 406 E Hopkins Ave

$11 GA | $8.50 Seniors | *FREE for Aspen Film Members

*Aspen Film members must visit the box office to receive complimentary tickets

 

Kyle and Mike are best friends who share a close bond – until Mike sleeps with Kyle’s fiancée. THE CLIMB is about a tumultuous but enduring relationship between two men across many years of laughter, heartbreak and rage. It is also the story of real-life best friends who turn their profound connection into a rich, humane and frequently uproarious film about the boundaries (or lack thereof) in all close friendships.